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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Billboard/Poster/Sign (any or all) (12/02/10)

TITLE: more miles to go
By Jim McWhinnie
12/04/10


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miles behind me, yet more miles to go,
rolling down the road, winding through the hills,
leaving behind a life turned bad,
heading for a life not yet known.

miles behind me, yet more miles to go,
making good time at the posted speed of forty-five,
following the map down a black line road,
turning south at the sign marking route forty-one, heading south.

miles behind me, yet more miles to go,
passing through country i’ve never met before,
taking in the scenery, daisy-filled meadows and pine tree forests,
reading the billboards, ”Red Man Tobacco” and “Jesus Saves”.

miles behind me, yet more miles to go,
slowing down for a tractor hauling harvest hay,
going by a farm with a barn painted with the words, "Buy Calumet Powder",
humming the tune to a hymn i once knew, wish i knew the words, but seldom i do.

miles behind me, yet more miles to go,
getting close to where i need to be,
watching for the old white sign that says, “5 miles Harmony”,
wishing i was there, wishing i was home,
wishing i had no more miles to go.


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Rachel Phelps12/10/10
I like the feel of this. Very relaxing. Great for the topic.
Noel Mitaxa 12/12/10
I sense the momentum of hope building in this story, even though you have not opened it very far. I'm interested in seeing it develop through a few more steps, because I think your pacing would allow for this.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/13/10
This was lovely. It made me wish I could go home again back to my childhood. I liked how you brought the topic in so easily.
Colin Nielsen 12/13/10
Good little poem. I like your image that life is a journey however I didn't feel like the signposts were central to the poem and I also couldn't grasp the hidden meaning behind the signs.
Lollie Hofer 12/15/10
I liked the phrase "passing through country i've never met before." Reminds me of another saying, "Strangers are friends we've never met before." Interesting format and flow as well.
Rachel Phelps12/16/10
Congratulations on your EC!
Chely Roach12/16/10
I was thrilled to see your name on the list today...you know I'm a fan of your poetry. This one was a beautiful example of pacing and tone. Lovely. Congrats on your EC.
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/16/10
Congratulations on your EC, Jim. I enjoyed taking your trip with you.
Patricia Protzman12/16/10
Jim, Congratulations on your EC win.
Theresa Santy 12/16/10
I liked the light easy feeling of this poem. Nicely done! Congratulations on your placing.
Beth LaBuff 12/17/10
Beautifully written! Congrats on your Editor's Choice, Jim!